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Excellent advanced reference
on 28 April 2009
This is an excellent advanced reference book which I bought because I like Martin Evening's writing. Some beginners (not all) may well find it a bit intimidating and you need to be familiar with basic operations in Photoshop to make use of it.
It consists of a selection of advanced techniques that the authors have found useful over a long period as professional photographers. So, it is a book to dip into rather than read from cover to cover.
The first proper section on general methods of improving captured image quality should be read by anyone, whatever their interest, as should the last but one on printing.
The middle sections cover things like masking, retouching and compositing. As an amateur, I may never have any of the projects that they illustrate but the techniques will be invaluable.
Anyone who has been driven mad trying to make a selection (or mask)for fine detail will find the techniques for masking hair worth the price of the book.
This book demands work from the reader. If you have a task for Photoshop, you need to look for a similar task and its solution and work out how to apply their solution to your problem. You will not find canned step by step solutions to your problems. I find that it is worth the effort.